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The awardees, announced in November, were selected by the Zambian government with the assistance of the USAID-funded, Abt Associates-led Zambia Integrated Systems Strengthening Program (ZISSP). ZISSP worked in close collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health on the grant selection process.
Zambia is under pressure to reduce its disease burden and improve health service delivery, Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Welani Chilengwe told the Zambia Daily Mail. The grants, part of $US 3.14 million to be awarded through ZISSP, will relieve some of this pressure, Chilengwe said.
Kathleen Poer, ZISSP Chief of Party, said that ZISSP ultimately is helping the ministry improve its capacity in grant management and the breadth and depth of services available to Zambians.
“This aligns with ZISSP, which is strengthening the country’s health system through programs that address critical health issues,” Poer said.
The grant selection process was highly competitive – 182 organizations applied for the grants, Poer said.
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